MSU: Women's BBall Rolls Past Ouachita Baptist

Midwestern State placed all five of its starters in double figures in an 84-74 win over Ouachita Baptist Sunday afternoon at Bill Vining Arena.

"If I had to lineup a perfect stat sheet, this would be it," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "This is what makes us so good is to have so many options and be able to spread the ball around."

Junior forward Andrea Carter led the charge by notching her second double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Mustangs dominated the glass for the second consecutive game. This time by a 43-23 margin.

Fellow starting forward Taylor Dowd knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, while the starting guards Shatoia Gober (10 points, nine rebounds, four assists), Kirsti Degelia (10 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds) and Dianna Jones (11 points, six assists) all delivered solid all-around performances.

"We were able to stick with it even though we were changing defenses," Johnson said. "This was a good team that moved the ball a lot and we finally stopped just exchanging buckets with them."

Ouachita Baptist led briefly on two occasions in the first half as the Mustangs clung to a 42-39 halftime advantage.

But MSU charged out on a 9-3 run to open the second half to claim its first double-figure lead of the game when Dowd hit her second 3-pointer of the game for a 51-41 advantage with 16:39 to play.

The Tigers, who were paced by Katherine West (13 points, 3 3-pointers), clawed back to within two at 59-57 on an Erica Sharp jumper in the paint at the 11:38 mark before Midwestern poured it on.

Degelia capped an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws to push the Mustangs' advantage to 70-60 with 7:52 to play as MSU would lead by as many as 12 points down the stretch.

The Mustangs shot a season-best 53.8 percent from the field while hitting on 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc. Nicole Smallwood, Skyler Warrick and Lynn Lumpkin-Boozer had five points each off of the bench.

MSU opens Lone Star Conference play against Texas Woman's University Thursday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.